As we age it can be tempting to reduce our activity levels, becoming more sedentary and home bound. Older adults also become less motivated to prepare healthy meals, not realizing the impact that processed and fast foods can have on health.
Healthy lifestyles and behaviors are known to impact older adults’ quality of life by maintaining:
- Strength, flexibility and balance that help prevent falls
- Healthy eating habits to prevent or manage chronic diseases
- Physical activity to manage weight, support heart health
- Social outlets to prevent isolation and depression
The Council on Aging offers and supports effective evidence-based classes that encourage healthy lifestyle activities and enable older adults to live with greater quality of life. These classes include topics like:
- Chronic disease prevention
- Chronic disease and chronic pain self-management
- Physical activity and fall prevention
Here is a brief overview of the health education classes available in the tri-county area:
National Diabetes Prevention Program
A year-long lifestyle change program for adults with pre-diabetes or those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants learn about tools and strategies for healthy eating and being physically active in a group setting. There is no charge for the program but you need to pre-register.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Pain or Diabetes
Developed at the Stanford University Patient Education Center, these classes assist those who live with chronic conditions to become good self-managers of those condition(s). Each program is facilitated by two leaders and meets weekly for 2-1/2 hours for six weeks. There is a small fee for a textbook; scholarships are available.
Better Bones & Balance™
Based on research from Oregon State University’s Bone Research Laboratory, this class is designed to gradually increase strength and improve balance. The goal is to reduce the risk of falls that may result in osteoporosis-related fractures by improving strength, balance and mobility, and reducing bone loss.
Matter of Balance
Adapted from Boston University Roybal Center by Maine’s Partnership for Healthy Aging and Oregon Health Science University, this workshop teaches practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling.
Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, which are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact activity. Tai Chi is shown to improve balance & mobility, increase leg strength & flexibility and reduce the fear of falling.
Call us to learn more about food and nutrition services in your area: (541) 678-5483.